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❤{Hi. Hey. Hello. Love. Xyron}❤

Hello there! Happy Tuesday! 

I'm sharing some Xyron *{❤LOVE❤}* today!

I'm sharing it in the form of cardmaking. I'm sharing specifically in the area of making quick multiples.

When I decide I'd like to make multiple cards, I go into it with great gusto knowing full well I am inapable of creating the same card more than once. I settle for he satisfaction of making more than one extremely similar card. 

I have a formula. I stick to a color scheme that depends on the number of cards I'm creating. In this case, I made a set of three cards. Naturally, I used three colors. I also used the same broad sentiment, "hello". I promise that you too can make a set of three cards, with super detail and speed if you stick to this.

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Start by selecting three colors you'd like to work with, pick a line that compliments these colors and do a little prep work before you begin assembly. I crated the cardstock base for the cards, cut out one of the layers of the card (the 3X4 Punch) and the sentiments. I then matched up the colors with one of the contrasting cardstock bases. 

I started out with the Aqua/Gray base. Set the 3X4 card (again, using the 3X4 Punch or creating your own with a paper trimmer and a corner punch) aside. Cut roughly 4X5 piece of patterned paper and distress the edges if desired. (Distressing edges can be done with scraping along the edges of the paper.) Tear the bottom of the paper and then adhere it to the card front.

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Select another complimentary patterned paper and cut out a 4X4 square. Round two corners and distress edges. Adhere to the card front slightly askew as shown in the picture. You will then place the 3X4 punch on top of that. 

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Leave a bit of the bottom of the 3X4 unglued, you will need this to tie twine around the bottom of the 3X4. 

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You're now going to add a strip of patterned paper just above the twine. It should measure 1 inch high and run the width of the card. Add a staple to the right hand side. Pssst! The Teresa Collins Stapler works really good for this! 

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You're now going to balance the top. I used a few tags for this first card. I cut the tags out, layered them slightly askew. I then added a brad to secure them. I ran them through the Xyron 3 inch Stickermaker. Once you've adhered it to the upper right part of the card, loop a small length of twine around the brad. Tie off a knot and then use your Teresa Collins Clear Adhesive to glue the knot down to the front of the card. See photos. 

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After you've added that detail, you're ready to add the sentiment. In this case, you're using a dark colored hello to make sure it pops! I used a great die from Paper Smooches...the "hellos" are beyond cute and will work perfectly for a multitude of projects. 

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I added a staple to add a fun, simple embellishment. The last step would be adding a little help to the sentiment. I printed out "SENDING YOU A" (this measured about 1 1/4 inches long by 1/2 wide) and then misted it. While it was drying, I glued on some sequins and gems to the card front. I then added the "SENDING YOU A" right above the hello. 

XYRON:PAPER SMOOCHES:CARD 1, Shannon M.

Here's a close up of the sentiment and some details:

X:PS Shannon Close Up 1

For card number two, you can follow the first few steps of card one, your card will look like this, you'll be using a gray cardstock base and a coral 3X4 card. Go ahead and add the 4X5 layer and the 3x4 layer that will shadow the 3X4 card which goes on top. See photo. Tie a piece of twine along the bottom of your 3X4 punch. This will be a slight variation from the first card, but it's ok! ❤

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You're going to add your strip just above the twine. The X works really great for this:

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Adhere your strip. And a staple. 

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 The next step for card #2? Adding the sentiment. To do this, I added three hearts first. You can use punches or a cutting system if you're lucky enough to have one! I used one heart slightly larger than the other two. I put the larger one in the middle and then the two smaller ones on either side. I then added a "beautiful" diecut. This is where you add the "hello" It will sit on top of the beautiful, not covering up the beautiful, but slightly on top of it. See picture. 

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I then added sequins, you can never have enough sequins:

XYRON:PAPER SMOOCHES Card 2, Shannon M.

Here's a close up of the "hello" ❤

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For card number three...you're continuing with the formula. You're using a coral cardstock base and turqouise 3X4 punch. 

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Add the striped layer, then the polka dots. You'll add the 3X4 card as well. You're going to cut a "strip". Adhere it and add a staple.

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Here's the slight variation on card #3, you're going to add a strip of vellum or tracing paper. Staple it onto the front of the card like shown in the picture. You'll tie a length of twine around the bottom of your vellum this time. 

You'll then add the sentiment. I chose another die cut type and adhered that to the vellum layer. I then added the "hi, hey, hello" in a two row system. Adding hi and hey next to each other, placing hello below. I added a single sequin to dot the "i" in hi. I then added one more heart slightly askew to the strip. It needed a little something. Add a few gemstones or sequins and you're done!

XYRON:PAPER SMOOCHES Card 3, Shannon M.
I know it seems like so much detail, but I promise you, once you get in a groove with your own set of cards, it flow easy and you will create cards in no time! Thank you for sticking with the post and all the pictures!! Thanks for letting me share!! Have a great Tuesday! ❤


❤*{Kicking off NSD a Bit Early with We R Memory Keepers!}*❤

There's a major holiday to scrapbookers everywhere this coming Saturday! It's all things good and happy for people of the page and glue!! ❤

We will celebrate NSD (National Scrapbook Day for all of you not tortured by a scapper in real life)! 

We R Memory Keepers wanted to get started early and inspire you with a Blog Hop featuring the Design Team! You will be inspired!! They have created some fantastic stuff!! You should have hopped here from the talented Traci Penrod's blog. 

I created a layout to celebrate, I documented my kiddos and the sweetness of how they indulge their Dad and I in continuing on our holiday traditions:

WERBLOGHOP 4-28-14, Shannon M.

Here's a few close ups for you! I used We R Memory Keeper's fantastic line: ChalkboardYou'll also see one of the best tools ever created, the 3X4 Card Punch!

WERBLOGHOP 4-28-14, SHANNON M. CLOSE UP

WERBLOGHOP, 4-28-14, SHANNON M. CLOSE UP 2

Thanks for letting me share and be a part of your pre-NSD festivities! The next stop on your hop is: Jenny McDermott ❤

Here's the entire line up for you, just in case:

We R Memory Keepers - http://wermemorykeepers.wordpress.com/

Traci Penrod - http://www.artsyalbums.com/

Shannon Morgan - http://designsofapaddymack.typepad.com/

Jennifer McDermott - http://www.wonkywares.blogspot.com/

Amanda Johnson – http://www.asjmade.blogspot.com/

Aly Dosdall - http://alydosdall.blogspot.com/

Carrie Walz - http://everydaymoments-carrie.blogspot.com/

Pam Bray - http://www.pammejoscrapbookflair.com/

Rebecca Fellows - http://www.mykitchentablestudio.blogspot.com/

Patti Hamil  - http://www.mypiecesoftime.blogspot.com/

 

*{HAPPIEST OF MONDAYS TO YOU!}*


❤{It's the Simple Things}❤

Each holiday brings stress...lists...things to get done. It can become overwhelming.  I am guilty of it myself. I procrastinate ,thinking there's always more time and then before I know it, the day is staring me in the face! There's all these little details that we forget about. Something is always bound to "pop up". Luckily in my fast approaching middle age, I don't let it bother me as much as it did when I was younger. Easter is supposed to be solemn and then joyous, it's a time of reflection, examination and a time to find yourself in the chaos of everyday life. Sometimes I forget that I have two people who are looking to me for an example. I'm glad we kept Easter simple this year. I am glad that they were happy to attend the Easter Vigil, even though it's extra long. I am glad that we could do it as a family. I wanted to document it right away, even if there isn't much journaling, I feel like their faces say a lot. I feel like they convey the peace and the hope you're supposed to feel at the end of Lent. Thanks for letting me share with you today. 

I used a few handy Epiphany Crafts tools and some accessories as well for this layout. (Round 14, Heart 25, Button Round 20, Heart Bubble Caps 25, Button Studio Accessories Buttons Round 20) 

In case you didn't know, all week long, we're doing this awesome Color Challenge! Check out the fun, cheery, festive color palette!

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It inspired this layout, documenting Easter, so perfect to get those springy pictures scrapped, right?!?!

EPC/COLOR CHALLENGE

 Here's a close up of the awesome Heart Bubblecaps! I used some number stickers with patterned paper to document the date. Using the Round 14, I created that sweet little banner for the month. 

 EPC COLOR CHALLENGE:CLOSE UP, Shannon M.

Here's a close up of the adorable button, it looks like candy! I love using the bubble caps so much! They add fantastic definition. 

EPC COLOR:CHALLENGE CLOSE UP, SHANNON M. 2

 Have a great day! Hope you can squeeze in some creative time!


☆♡{Timeless Twine Thursday}♡☆

It's Thursday and time for me to share another Timeless Twine post with you. 

Easter has already come and admist all of the celebrating, there are two goofy dogs who love hard boiled eggs.

Much to their dismay, Daddy and Paddy ate the two cracked eggs that were reserved for them. Not to be outdone, Cinna and Meg skulked around the kitchen, skimming the countertops with sniffy noses..hoping to catch wind of the eggs.

These goofy dogs were soon banished so that anual egg coloring could commence. The picture in the layout displays hope filled, pouting dogs...the latter being the funniest part of all.

It's all about the title on this layout. This is a fun way to make a big impact. You can add a personal touch to your layouts, using your own handwriting.

The first thing you need to do is write out what you'd like to get across..whether it's a word, a phrase, a number, etc.

The next step is to use a paper piercer and pierce what you wrote out. You know what comes next of course, stitching it. That's the lengthy part, but it's worth it.

You can stitch it right onto the page, card, etc. or do what I did and use a separate piece of paper and then later adhere it to your project. 

Check out the layout and the twine ♡ I used Graphite Gray to stitch the title, you can find it by clicking *{HERE}*

Timeless Twine, Shannon M. 4-24-14

Here's a close up of the stitched title, big impact, minimal work, you should try it! 

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Timeless Twine, 4-24-14, Shannon M. Close Up 3

Have a great Thursday!!

♡*{MAKE IT MATTER}*♡


*{Xyron & Teresa Collins Week!}*

That's right, you read that correctly! 

XYRON + TERESA COLLINS = ❤

What a great way to start the week!

(Two of my very favorite companies, ever!)

All week long, there will be inspiration galore for you to gawk over! 

I created a layout using Xyron's awesome adhesives & Teresa Collins "You Are My Happy" line! Check it out:

XYRON:TERESA COLLINS:Shannon M.

Here's a close up of some of the details. The Xyron 3/8" Dots worked perfectly for all of the circles scattered about. ❤

XYRON:TERESA COLLINS CLOSE UP

A few of my fellow Xyron team mates are also featuring projects today! Stop by Lori's blog and Shellye's blog TOO! Have a wonderful week!! 


❀{Life Paper Scrapbook April Mood Board Challenge}❀

❉❉❉It's that time!❉❉❉

Check out this mood board! It's so beautiful, the possibilities are endless! There's such delicious colors, uplifting inspiration and texture!

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Here's how the mood board inspired me:

LPS APRIL MOOD BOARD, Shannon M.

Here's a close up of some of the details:

LPS APRIL MOOD BOARD CHALLENGE, CLOSE UP, SHANNON M.

The fabulous sponsor for this challenge? None other then Sassy Scrappers! Sassy Scrappers is a company with a passion for scrapbooking and papercrafts! They created Sassy Scrappers with the aim to inspire you to creat and preserve your special photos affordably!

Challenge Details:  

  • You can submit ANY kind of project that you can use the color challenge for: layouts, cards, PL, off the page projects.
  • You can use the sketch and mood board challenges together, just make sure you link it up to each so you have a chance to win in both.
  • Use the linky tool on the right hand side of the blog to link up your entry. (If you are linking to a blog, please link to the actual post the layout is featured in, not just the general address, and make sure you link back to Life.Paper.Scrapbook.)
  • Please make sure you link to the correct challenge, there is both a sketch and colour challenge to link up to
  • The winner of the prize will be randomly drawn and our 3 favorite layouts as voted by the DT will be featured on the blog. 
The March Mood Board Challenge runs until 11:55pm May 5th(don't forget we're in Australia).
 
Have fun creating, we can't wait to see what you all come up with and if you share your work on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter make sure you tag us #lpsmag.

❤{3 Girl Jam & Spring!}❤

I'm so excited to be sharing today! I was asked to be a Guest Designer for 3 Girl Jam. If you didn't know already, 3 Girl Jam is a pretty awesome company that creates high quality hand-dyed ribbon, vintage estate buttons, and cotton muslin bags that you will love! Make sure you check them out! 

3 Girl Jam has an ALL THINGS SPRING Challenge going on right now through May 2nd! You should definitely get in on the fun, the rules are simple:

1. Use a ribbon somewhere on your project and follow the    theme for the challenge.

2. Add the 3 Girl JAM button to your side bar.

3. You will have unitl May 2nd to link up. 

4. Be sure to link up the link to your post and not your blog.  It  will make it much easier for the design team to leave you some love!

5. Follow the 3 Girl JAM blog.

6. Have fun!

If you have any questions, you can email us at 3girljam@gmail.com

I created this layout just for the challenge! Thanks so much for letting me join in on this challenge!! ❤

GUEST DESIGN 4-19-14, Shannon M.

Here's a close up of the details:

GUEST DESIGN 4-19-14, Shannon M. Close Up

Have a beautiful Saturday & blessed Easter! ❤


❤*{Sharing Sunshine with Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons!}*❤

I'm sharing some sunshine on the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog today. There's a whole bunch of people in my life who need sunshine. I have been in need of sunshine myself. It's been a strange year so far. I created a card using Lisa's fabulous Funky Flowers Cutting Files:

 

 

I love these flowers. The possibilities are endless with these files! Here's how they inspired me:

 

 

Just in case you didn't know...this file is this week's FREEBIE! You have until tonight to download it for FREE!! There'll be a brand new freebie for you on Friday...stay tuned!

 

❤ Have a great Thursday!! ❤

 

 


*{Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Baby Shower Blog Hop!}*

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 Did you hop here from the ever so talented Roberta's blog? ❤

If you didn't and want to start from the beginning, start at Lisa's blog.

 I'm sure you've guessed by now we're celebrating all things baby this weekend!

I created this card for the hop...

PPPR BABY BLOG HOP, Shannon M.

using the following awesome file from Lisa's store

(Psst! You can click on the file for enablement):

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If you've hopped with us before, then you already know that there's an awesome prize up for grabs:

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For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and leave a comment on each blog. For extra chances, you can also "LIKE" Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Newsletter. A random winner will be chosen on Tuesday, April 15th.

This blog hop kicks off our PPPR Baby Challenge! 

YOU CAN LINK UP HERE.

Here are the rules: 

1.  The theme of this challenge is Baby...so create anything baby-themed. Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons products must be the FOCUS of the project. 

2.  Please link to your actual blog post...not to your blog.  If you don't have a blog, you can add a photo of your project to the Baby Challenge photo folder in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Project Parade Facebook Group.

3.  You can enter as many different projects as you want for more chances to win. 

4.  The challenge will run for 3 weeks.  You must link up your project by 11:55 pm CST on Saturday, May 3, 2014. 

5.  One random winner of a $20 Gift Certificate to PPPR will be chosen.  Our Design Team will also choose our PPPR Top 3.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

 

Happy Hopping! Hop onto the beautiful, talented, awesome BRIANNA'S Blog 


★{Life.Paper.Scrapbook. ISSUE 5!}★

In case you didn't know...Life Paper Scrapbook is much more than a blog about challenges and inspiration!

Manda also puts out an amazing magazine!

There is a

*{BRAND NEW ISSUE}*

out right now!

It's full of scrappy inspiration, some awesome interviews, as in 149 pages of scrap just for you to drool over, be inspired by and enjoy!

Here's just one of the layouts you'll find in this ISSUE:

LPSMAG, Shannon M., Color Challenge

Thanks for letting me share with you, have a great Friday! ❤